Florida sees snow for first time in 29 years

Calvin Saunders
January 6, 2018

The effect is seen along the Northeastern coast every winter, but this storm will be particularly powerful, said Judah Cohen, a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Omar Elkhalidi uses a wood shim to scrape ice off his windshield that accumulated overnight from freezing temperatures, in Savannah, Ga.

Residents across a huge swath of the US were hunkered down as a massive winter storm packing snow, ice and high winds, followed by possible record-breaking cold, moved up the Eastern Seaboard, with the worst conditions expected from the Carolinas to Maine.

Across the Georgia-South Carolina line in Charleston, the weather service reported 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) as the snow was winding down at 5 p.m. Philadelphia declared a snow emergency.

The bombogenesis will also bring with it 40-60 miles per hour gusts in the New England area on Thursday, CNN reported.

An American Airlines spokesman says the airline plans to cancel all flights scheduled for Thursday at Boston Logan International Airport because of the forecast calling for snow and high winds.

"It could result in some flooding, especially for vulnerable locations on the shoreline", Morrone said.

On Wednesday morning, Grayson delivered 0.1 inch of snow and sleet to Florida's capital, Tallahassee, according to the National Weather Service.

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In New York, transportation officials suspended the Newburgh-Beacon commuter ferry service on Tuesday because of icy conditions on the Hudson River.

The weather stands to wreak havoc on markets for longer, as electricity prices already surged to the highest level in years and natural gas demand hit a record high. American Airlines Group Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have begun suspending flights at some eastern USA airports.

As the storm gripped the East Coast, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in their states through Friday.

This storm may end up being worse than your average nor'easter. The storm will then be followed by a wave of bracing cold. "This could be one of the heaviest one-day snowfalls on record in both Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina", Weather.com reported. "Cold air battling warm air".

"The temperatures are certainly extreme, but we've seen colder", said Joseph Nield, a meteorologist in Indianapolis, noting that the all-time low temperature in IN was minus 36 in 1994.

Temperatures are below zero in NY. Wind chill advisories and freeze warnings were in effect from South Texas to Canada and from Montana through New England.

Gallina said as the storm pulls off into the Atlantic, another blast of very cold air is going to roar down from the north behind it and spread out across the central and eastern U.S.

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